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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Short Story Saturday: Diverse Energies – Pattern Recognition by Ken Liu

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Short Story Saturday: Diverse Energies – Pattern Recognition by Ken Liu

Short Story Saturday: Diverse Energies – Pattern Recognition by Ken LiuPattern Recognition by Ken Liu
Series: Diverse Energies,
Also in this series: The Last Day, Freshee's Fogurt, Gods of the Dimming Light , Next Door, Good Girl, Pocket Full of Dharma, Blue Skies, What Arms to Hold Us, Solitude, Diverse Energies
Published by Tu Books on 01 November 2012
Genres: Anthology, Dystopian, Sci-Fi, Short Story / Novella
Pages: 26
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased


Short Story Saturday is a feature here at Ticket to Anywhere where I start to read some of the various anthologies I have, one story at a time. Starting with Diverse Energies which the book synopsis describes as  “In this stunning collection of original and rediscovered stories of tragedy and hope, the stars are a diverse group of students, street kids, good girls, kidnappers, and child laborers pitted against their environments, their governments, differing cultures, and sometimes one another as they seek answers in their dystopian worlds. Take a journey through time from a nuclear nightmare of the past to society’s far future beyond Earth with these eleven stories by masters of speculative fiction. Includes stories by Paolo Bacigalupi, Ursula K. Le Guin, Malinda Lo, Cindy Pon, Daniel H. Wilson, and more.”

Place(s) Traveled To: Shenszhen, China

First Line(s): David knew that he wasn’t always called David.

Even after finishing Pattern Recognition by Ken Liu I’m still not entirely sure what I think about it. The whole story was a bit disjointed and told in fragments and it just seemed that important pieces were left out of the story. I did like the premise but I just would have liked to have been more to it. I also would have liked to have learned a bit more about what happened after because this is one of those short stories that seems to end just as its starting. Its also one that if it had been given just a few more pages that some of these loose threads could have all been tied up in a neater bow than it was. This wasn’t my favorite story of this anthology but it hasn’t been the worst and I will probably seek out Ken Liu’s writing in the future.